East Broadway

Shuttered 3 Months, Cafe Petisco to Return as Vegan Restaurant?

Posted June 25, 2019 at 5:05 am

For Cafe Petisco, the purported collapsed wall in the basement curiously coincided with a Department of Health Inspection that ultimately led to its closure. Three months later, the mediterranean restaurant looks to be going vegan. Public records show that Cafe Petisco was ordered shut after an inspection on March 29 yielded 43 violation points for “evidence […]

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Already with NYPL, Seward Park Gains a ‘Little Free Library’

Posted June 10, 2019 at 5:09 am

Seward Park just gained a new library … in the shadow of another. And one that won’t nab you for late fees. Over the weekend, the Seward Park Conservancy unveiled the Seward Park Little Free Library. It’s a wee weatherproof cubby next to the small children’s playground inside the park, and operates on the standard […]

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Today is the Anniversary of 2 Devastating Lower East Side Fires

Posted May 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

Today, May 14, is a day that lives in infamy on the Lower East Side. Two fires, separated by eight years, devastated the properties, displaced tenants, and ultimately led to new development. Hong Kong Supermarket Fire (2009) It was exactly ten years ago. May 14 was a Thursday that year. That night, with the smell […]

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It’s the End for these 2 Chinatown Bookstores

Posted May 3, 2019 at 5:04 am

Two relic Chinatown bookshops, with a collective half-century in business, are both finished. Oriental Books & Stationery packed up its books (literally) last weekend, signing off after some three decades on East Broadway. We’re told that the owner decided to retire and close down. The store at 29 East Broadway sold Cantonese and Mandarin periodicals, […]

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Historic Orthodox Jewish Organization Sells East Broadway Building

Posted April 16, 2019 at 5:03 am

Way east on East Broadway, more links to the neighborhood’s Jewish past are disappearing. Word is now circulating that the four-story pre-war tenement at 235 East Broadway just changed hands. Lower East Side Jewish history permeates this site (East Broadway still retains some of those roots). The property had collectively housed the United Jewish Council of […]

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Cafe Petisco Closes After Basement Wall Collapses

Posted April 5, 2019 at 5:00 am

Popular neighborhood haunt, Cafe Petisco on East Broadway, is down for the count. Closed until further notice. The business announced this week that a basement wall in the building was compromised due to nearby construction on Jefferson Street. The collapse hindered “our ability to keep the restaurant operating.” Apparently, said construction is potentially related to […]

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Wheeling Around the Lower East Side with ‘Common Books’ [INTERVIEW]

Last modified March 28, 2019 at 9:05 am

There is something to be said for a well-loved book, and area local Brittany Bond recently started a mobile book business to deliver just that. Common Books is a pushcart typically stationed by Seward Park that offers paperbacks with a focus on female authors. We caught up with Bond to hear more about her unique […]

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After Rejected Seward Park Air Rights Deal, Developer Unveils Revised Plans for 28-Story Condo

Posted February 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

Now nine months removed from the rejected $54 million sale of air rights from Seward Park Co-op, Round Square Development, formerly the Ascend Group, has changed its tune. The plan for two monstrous towers on the sites flanking the Bialystoker Nursing Home building is now kaput. Instead, Round Square will drop a single condo development […]

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Icon Terminates Seward Park Garage Lease 3 Years After Parking Privatization

Posted February 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

Three years after the parking garage privatization pitted Seward Park co-op members against the board, the operator is out. Icon/Quik Park tendered its termination over the holiday weekend, and will pull out of the garage at the end of this month. Charles H. Greenthal & Co. management circulated a letter to tenants announcing the news […]

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‘The Forward’ Ceases Print Publication After 121 Years

Posted January 18, 2019 at 5:05 am

The Forward will do so without its print edition. The 121-year-old Jewish-American publication, founded as the Yiddish language Jewish Daily Forward on the Lower East Side in 1897, suspended print operations this week and will refocus efforts toward its online verticals. As a result, forty percent of the staff was reportedly laid off, including editor-in-chief […]